Asthma
A disorder that causes chronic inflammation and swelling of the bronchial tubes. 
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Asthma

A disorder that causes chronic inflammation and swelling of the bronchial tubes.

Symptoms:

  • In young children the first symptom is often a recurring cough especially with a cold or after exercise.
  • Sometimes it happens only at night.
  • You can hear your child wheezing if you get close to her, and she may struggle to breathe.
  • During severe attacks breathing will be noisy and difficult, she will struggle to speak, be restless and her lips and tongue might turn slightly blue. 
  • Sometimes children cough until they throw up. 

Seriousness:

  • See your doctor. 
  • If asthma is diagnosed, you can manage it at home.
  • In severe cases take your child to hospital.

Treatment:

  • Management of the environment that causes astham will reduce the severity of attacks.
  • If diagnosed with asthma, your child will have been prescribed a drug called a bronchodilator, which will be used during an attack. 
  • At the start of an attack the seriousness can be relieved by giving the medication, then sitting your child up in a humidified room or steamed bathroom. 
  • In a severe attack, take your child to the doctor or hospital. 

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